Tigres UANL booked their spot in the semifinals of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League with a 0-3 away win against Pumas UNAM. The 1-1 draw in the first leg left everything to play for in this one, and it was the visitors who took advantage.
Pumas started the game off with an attacking mindset, but they couldn’t get past Nahuel Guzmán, who was making his return to the field after a six-week layoff following foot surgery. On the other hand, although Tigres had fewer chances, they were able to convert them.
In the 32nd minute, Jürgen Damm gave the visitors the 0-1 lead (1-2 aggregate) with his well-placed volley that left Alfredo Saldívar with no chance.
Pumas had a good opportunity to tie the game – and the aggregate – just after halftime, but Nicolás Castillo’s attempt hit the crossbar.
Then, in the 63rd minute, Tigres gave themselves some breathing room with a second goal. With Pumas pressing high up the field, Tigres relieved the pressure with a long pass to Eduardo Vargas; a slip by Josécarlos van Rankin allowed Vargas to get in behind the defense, and the Chilean slid the ball over to Damm, who calmly made it 0-2 (1-3).
The final nail in Pumas’ coffin came in the 87th minute, when substitute Luis Quiñones corralled a long cross-field pass from Damm, drove into the box, swerved around his defender, and scored.
With the 0-3 win (1-4 aggregate), Tigres advance to the semifinals while Pumas are eliminated. Tigres will face the winner of the Vancouver/New York Red Bulls series.
Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josécarlos van Rankin, Pablo Jáquez, Darío Verón, Alan Mendoza (Matías Britos 68′), Pablo Barrera, Javier Cortés, Abraham González, Jesús Gallardo, Bryan Rabello, Nicolás Castillo.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Luis Advíncula, Hugo Ayala, Juninho (Francisco Meza 58′), Jorge Torres Nilo, Guido Pizarro, Jesús Dueñas, Jürgen Damm, Eduardo Vargas, Damián Álvarez (Luis Quiñones 24′), André-Pierre Gignac (Lucas Zelarayán 81′).